Astrantia 'Moulin Rouge' PP16549
Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
Adored by floral designers as a unique fresh or dried cut flower, astrantia will last up to 14 days in a vase! Each flower is comprised of a starry collar of deep red, pointed bracts with purple-red tips surrounding a button-like umbel of green and red flowers. They are produced in branched clusters from early through late summer and may rebloom in fall if cut back. Butterflies relish in their sweet nectar.
Astrantia's foliage forms an attractive rosette which stays low to the ground. The flowers are produced on wiry stems above it. They are terrific filler plants for the border, mixing especially well with coarse foliage plants such as hosta and ligularia. It also works well in containers.
Astrantia is widely popular in Europe due to its shade tolerance and long bloom time. It is quickly gaining popularity in the US as new cultivars are introduced.
Breeder: Marco von Noort
Origin: Not Native to North America
Sun or Shade?:
Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
Part shade (4-6 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
Consistent water needs
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When should it bloom?:
How's your soil?:
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)
Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
Alkaline Soil (pH > 7.0)
What's your garden style?:
For optimal performance, astrantia demands very rich, consistantly moist soil, partial shade, and cool nighttime temperatures. It does not do well in areas with hot summer nights. In cool summer areas, astrantia will grow in full sun, but elsewhere it should be grown in partial shade.
After flowering, the spent flower stalks should be cut to the ground to prevent self-seeding. This plant spreads by stolons if it is happy with its surroundings. No major pests or diseases bother astrantia.